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Week of October 6, 2008

JUDICIAL EXTERNSHIP: SPRING 2009 SEMESTER

2L APPLICANTS MUST HAVE A MINIMUM G.P.A. OF 3.28
3L APPLICANTS MUST HAVE A MINIMUM G.P.A. OF 3.35

Judicial Externship is a 4-credit hour Pass/Low Pass/Fail program open to students who have completed at least their first full year of law school and want to do legal research and writing for a federal appellate, district or magistrate judge or a designated Illinois appellate or circuit court judge.

Judicial Externship enables a student to become involved in particular legal problems through research and writing, and to contribute to the resolution of those problems by writing memoranda and drafting opinions. Depending upon the judge, an extern may have the opportunity to observe the day-to-day routine of a judge and discuss with the judge or the judge's law clerk those legal problems which attorneys face in their profession, as well as the specific problems confronted in the courtroom.

 
Application Process

Applications for Spring Judicial Externships will be available in the Law Offices reception area (Room 600), in the Career Services Office, and in front of the Spakateria as of Monday, September 22nd.

Completed applications should be submitted to Ms. Carole Ross, Secretary to Professor Gross, Room 612 of Law Offices, by Wednesday, October 8th, at 5:00 p.m.

 Spring 2009 Semester
Judicial Externship with U.S. Department of Justice, Immigration Court

Description: Will assist panel of seven immigration judges by writing legal memoranda, conducting in-depth legal research and analysis, and drafting judicial decisions. This position offers extensive exposure to asylum and deportation law and an excellent opportunity to improve research, writing, and analytical skills.

Location: Immigration Court - EOIR
55 East Monroe Street, Suite 1900
Chicago, IL 60603

Qualifications: 2L or 3L
Coursework and/or volunteer and clinical experience in immigration law preferred; United States citizenship required

Dates: January to May 2009 (federal and school holidays off)
16 hours per week during school semester

Application: Please submit a cover letter, resume, copy of recent transcript (unofficial is accepted), and a brief unedited writing sample via email or mail to:

Greta Hendricks, Judicial Law Clerk
U.S. Department of Justice
Executive Office for Immigration Review
Immigration Court
55 East Monroe St., Suite 1900
Chicago, IL 60603
greta.hendricks@usdoj.gov

Completed applications must be received at the U.S. Department of Justice by Friday, October 24, 2008. Interviews will be conducted in person. Inquiries should be directed to Greta Hendricks at (312) 353-7313, ext. 232, or greta.hendricks@usdoj.gov.

To receive law school credit for this externship, should you be selected by the U.S. Department of Justice, you must enroll in the law school’s Judicial Externship Program. Please notify Professor Vivien Gross (vgross@kentlaw.edu) if and when you are selected as an extern.

 

LEGAL EXTERNSHIP PROGRAM

What is the Legal Externship Program?

LEP is a 4-credit hour non-graded program which enables you to extern with a supervising attorney in a wide variety of legal areas – private or public, civil or criminal. Externships are available for the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters. Most public sector externships enable you to obtain a 711 license and appear in court.

Students interested in civil law may extern in a wide variety of places. For example, some have externed at the City of Chicago Corporation Counsel’s Office, Office of the Illinois Attorney General, Illinois Commerce Commission, Immigration Court of the U.S. Department of Justice, Internal Revenue Service, and Environmental Protection Agency, as well as major corporations like Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company and Rush University Medical Center.

Students interested in criminal law have externed at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Office of the Federal Defender, and at the offices of the State’s Attorney and Public Defender in Cook County as well as the surrounding counties.

Why Extern?

To become a good lawyer and to supplement what you learn in the classroom, you need practical experience in real-world legal work. Most students aren’t fortunate enough to receive a paid clerking position — or even a volunteer opportunity — that teaches what they want to learn. LEP presents a unique and important opportunity to gain exposure to an area of the law in which you are interested and helps you significantly broaden your future employment opportunities.

If you would like more information about externships, please e-mail Professor Vivien Gross (vgross@kentlaw.edu) to set up an appointment. There are lots of different types of opportunities in which you might be interested.

NEW

Spring 2009 Semester: Externship with U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights

The United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, (OCR), enforces several Federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex disability and age. OCR also enforces the Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act of 2001 that prohibits the denial of equal access or a fair opportunity to meet to, or discrimination against, any group officially affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America. Our extern works with OCR attorneys and investigators on one or more teams in the Chicago Office to resolve discrimination complaints.

The extern will also observe and participate in complainant and witness interviews, participate in the drafting of all documents pertinent to an OCR investigation including, letters of notification, data requests and letters of finding. An extern may have the opportunity to participate in local on-site investigations, and assist with data analysis, engage in substantial legal research and be expected to adhere to the tight timeframes of the Department.

Interested applicants must submit a letter of interest along with a resume and writing sample postmarked no later than November 28, 2008 to:

Ms. Leticia Magdaleno
U. S. Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights
Citigroup Center
Suite 1075
500 W. Madison Street
Chicago, Illinois 60661

Applications may also be submitted by email to: Leticia.Magdaleno@ed.gov

To receive law school credit for Kent’s Spring Legal Externship Program, please contact Prof. Gross (vgross@kentlaw.edu).

 

Spring 2009 Semester: Intellectual Property (IP) Legal Externship for IP Certificate Participants
2L and 3L applicants must have a minimum G.P.A. of 3.28.

A well-known Chicago-based national firm will select a qualified Kent IP Certificate student for a Spring externship in their IP division.

To apply:
Submit your resume and transcript to Professor Vivien Gross by Thursday, November 6, at noon. Professor Gross will then forward the information to the participating firm to make its selection.

For more information about intellectual property externship opportunities generally, please contact Professor Vivien Gross (vgross@kentlaw.edu).

 
Corporate Law Externship

Accenture/DLA Piper Commercial Law Externship – Spring 2009 Semester (4 credit hours)
2Ls and 3Ls
G.P.A. 3.2

Chicago-Kent Legal Externship Program is excited to announce this new and unusual externship, which will expose an extern to the daily operations of the legal department at Accenture, a commercial management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company for half of the semester (7 weeks); and to the commercial law practice area at DLA Piper, a leading global law firm, for the remaining 7 weeks.

At Accenture, the extern will be assigned to a client services group (e.g., Products, Resources, Communications & High Tech, Financial Services) and 1-2 areas of specialty (e.g., Employment, Intellectual Property, Litigation, Compliance, etc.), thereby gaining experience in legal research, drafting and internal client management. At DLA Piper, the extern will be assigned to one or two of the following five departments and will participate in research, drafting or project management assignments: Intellectual Property, Mergers & Acquisitions; Litigation, Insurance and Reinsurance, and Real Estate.

All interested applicants should submit their resume and transcript to Professor Gross by no later than Monday, October 20, 2008. Professor Gross will then forward the materials to Accenture and DLA Piper, who will make their selection as quickly as possible to comply with law school pre-registration timelines.

If you have any questions, contact Professor Gross at vgross@kentlaw.edu.

  

For a complete description of all clinical programs, please visit the Law Offices' Home Page at http://www.kentlaw.edu/academics/clinic

 

 

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